Consultation starts when change is first considered that may affect you and your workmates. Consultation includes providing you and your union with information, time, and opportunity to influence the decision-making process.
If Centrelink proposes changes that affect you and your work, you have a
right to insist on consultation at the workplace level before the change is
What should Centrelink consult with you about?
All matters relating to organisational or operational change that may
affect you in the workplace
New or amended policies or guidelines that relates to the provisions in
your Centrelink agreement. The section 7 of the Centrelink agreement
outlines the consultation process
Four simple steps for any consultation process on change
Discuss the reasons and need for change, including information, with you
and your union.
Involve you and your union in decision-making by allowing input on the
Take all your feedback into account and develop support on the proposed
Once a decision is made, continue consultation with you and your union
on the changes.
Having your union with you during consultation is the first step to ensuring
your rights and entitlements are protected.
This means you and all members are able to meet with your union
representatives on paid work time in order to hear Centrelink’s proposals,
discuss how it affects employees, and have input into the decision-making
Your right to be represented by your union is protected by law and your
Centrelink Agreement. When Centrelink proposes changes in your workplace insist
on your right to genuine consultation and for your union representatives to be
there with you.